Why you should care
The Weekender is a special collaboration between OZY Tribe members near and far to provide delicious recommendations for your valuable weekend time.
WHAT TO READ
Bad Blood — The Rise and Fall of Theranos. This is one of the best books of the year, even if it maybe jumped the gun just a tad. Journalist John Carreyrou’s book Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup was published in May … and while it spills an astonishing amount of tea about the spectacular collapse of the infamous biotech startup Theranos, that collapse was still in progress when the book was published. Apparently Elizabeth Holmes tried to kill Carreyrou’s coverage of her scammy blood testing startup by appealing to one of her investors … his publisher, Rupert Murdoch. (Recommended by Theresa Sun, Avid Reader)
Now That I Am Gone — Words From the Beyond. Memoirs are often paint-by-numbers, but this is anything but. Allan MacDonell’s startling and experimental piece imagines his own life and death from beyond the grave (which he isn’t yet in, FYI). It helps that he’s had a truly astonishing life as the editor of Hustler (and, he claims, the inventor of slam dancing). (Recommended by Eugene Robinson, Novel Idea Man)
The Plant Paradox — Change How You Think About Food. If you hate the gluten-free craze, be warned: It may soon go into overdrive. This book, by cardiologist Steven Gundry, details the potential dangers of lectins — proteins that are found in gluten, but also in a lot of plants and grains you wouldn’t expect. It might not change what you eat, but you’ll be informed about the next big food trend. (Recommended by Tenzin Seldon, Rising Star)
WHAT TO LISTEN TO
The Secret History of the Future — Tech Meets History. Look, we’re all doomed to repeat history whether we remember it or not … but remembering it is way, WAY more fun. This podcast, produced by Slate and the Economist, digs through weird chapters in technological history, like the chess-playing robot hoax The Turk … then brings them forward to show how those same concepts (and in the case of the Mechanical Turk, the same names) are now being used by tech’s biggest players in 2018. (Recommended by Sean Braswell, History Buff)
The Nine Club Podcast — Calling All Sk8terbois. This is quite simply the best skateboarding podcast out there. Los Angeles skateboarding legend Chris Roberts, along with co-hosts Roger Bagley and Kelly Hart, interview some of the best-known skaters and get them to tell their life stories. This is exactly how skateboarding should be covered: a treat for skate enthusiasts, but with something to offer newbies as well, like the episode featuring Lil Wayne, who’s an amateur skater himself. (Recommended by Sean Culligan, Kickflip Master)
WHAT TO DOWNLOAD
Timeshifter — Beat the Lag. OZY has correspondents all over the world, so let us tell you from experience: Jet lag is no joke. So you can either pretend it doesn’t exist and wind up literally weeping on a hotel bathroom floor at 3 am because you’re so tired but you just can’t sleep, or you can try something new. That new thing should probably be Timeshifter, an app designed to coach you through travel to avoid jet lag.
The concept is simple: Tell it where you live and where you’re going, and the app, based on circadian rhythms, will instruct when to drink coffee, when to sleep, when to wake up, when to avoid light … all in service of getting you into your new time zone ready to go. As long as you don’t succumb to watching eight episodes of Killing Eve on the airplane when you’re supposed to be sleeping, you should be golden. (Recommended by Marion Cunningham, Frequent Flyer)
AND WHATEVER YOU DO, DON’T DO THIS …
Ghost your boss. With U.S. unemployment at a 49-year low, employees have a lot of options. But some recruits need a tutorial on basic workplace courtesy: Employers are reporting an increased rate of workers simply not coming to work anymore and cutting off contact, rather than actually, you know, quitting. (Washington Post)
SLIDE INTO OUR DMS
Do you have a killer potato salad recipe that you’d like to share? Think you discovered the next great jam band? Share your suggestions with us here at OZY! Email us: Weekender@ozy.com.